Friday night, the West Point High Green Wave travelled north to take on and defeat the Saltillo High Tigers.
First, a retraction from the game story last week. The final touchdown of last week’s game was scored by number 43; however, #43 is Brad Ewing.
This Friday, though, as with weeks in the past, many more players got a chance to stand out. Antonio Dent (#57), Lagarius Wordlaw (#12), Antreon Bennett (#26), Terrence Minor (#27) and the powerhouse Mario Virges (#20) each made huge contributions throughout the game.
Tez Lane (#28) took many more opportunities to stretch out his passing game, and, performing up to his excellent offensive reputation, Aeris Williams (#22) carried the ball up and down the Saltillo field.
Williams scored all four West Point touchdowns during the game, and the final three points were put up by kicker Eric Lemus (#14) making the West Point effort 31 points. The only touchdown Saltillo was able to score came late in the fourth quarter.
The Green Wave offense was in top form during play. Pre-snap penalties looked as though they might plague the team this week as they did in last week’s game against Clarksdale; however, West Point was able to overcome and adjust.
Wide receivers Woodrow Prince (#15), Ladarius Patterson (#3) and tight end Terrence Minor made great catches throughout the game, adding to the team’s passing yards. Sophomore Josh Ewing (#2) rushed for several yards in clutch situations throughout the night, and was put in as quarterback at the start of the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Dvante Randle (#4), Ed Brown (#56), Lederrius Gallion (#90), Johnathan Patterson (#21) and Freddie Reed (#44) held onto the Tiger offense all night long.
Probably the standout play of the night came near the start of the second half. Tez Lane threw a pass that bounced off of the intended receiver, and was then caught by Ladarius Patterson. Bobbling out of his hands and into the air, the ball was then caught by Lacequiu Starks (#23), who barely had time to truly gain possession of it before being taken down. The ball was all over the place, and quick reactions by the West Point offense kept the ball in play and probably advanced it several more yards than would have done had the play gone off without a hitch.
All in all, the evening was exciting. The final score of the night was 31-7, with West Point taking home yet another district win. Next week the Green Wave takes on Center Hill at home. This is a grudge match, and West Point will be playing for keeps.
Three games are left in the season. Center Hill, Oxford and New Hope stand ready, and West Point is sure ready to give them a fight.